Industrial and Commercial Applications for RFID Tags

RFID technologies are used in a wide range of industries, including the following:
* Warehousing and distribution
* Automated billing for upgraded filling stations
* Loss and theft prevention in retail stores
* Identification of pets in veterinary clinics or when traveling
* Food supply tracking information
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RFID tag application in warehouses

1. Tags do not have to be seen in order to read data. This means that tracking products or people can happen from anywhere in a specified range which maximizes speed and efficiency.

2. RFID tags can store up to 100 times the data of barcodes, allowing you to keep track of all the data you need for your inventory such as lot and serial number, size, manufacturer, vendor, expiration date, user, location on production line and anything else you might want to know.

3. Readers can read up to 200 tags at once. This will increase speed and productivity since employees will not need to physically scan each label.

4. The position of each tag is flexible (as long as they are not blocked by metal or water) since the tag doesn’t need to be physically seen by the reader. For example, you can place tags in boxes or within a pallet.

5. RFID technology is functional inside and outside the warehouse. The technology has the capacity to withstand harsh environments and temperatures, even the tags!

How can you use RFID tags in your business?

There are many applications RFID technology across diverse businesses. Here are some of the main ones your business should consider.

Production Tracking
RFID tags have been used extensively in the auto industry to track progress of vehicles along an assembly line. This practices has been used by other manufacturing businesses to monitor assembly lines to identify slow points in the system that could be improved.

Access Control
RFID tags can be used with ID tags to control who has access to what areas of a building. They can also be used with automobiles, as with the E-ZPass system used on many toll roads throughout the US.

Shipment Tracking
Without the need to unpack items and scan them individually, many businesses have been able follow the progress of shipped goods by scanning entire trucks or shipping crates at once.

Inventory Management
For stock with high turnover, RFID tags can help maintain an accurate inventory and in locating lost items. In particularly, businesses that rent out items have used RFID tags to keep better track of their supply. This includes many libraries, who use RFID tags in books to expedite their checkout and returns process.

Application of RFID Technology in Manufacturing Industry

It has been more than 40 years since the reform and opening up from 1978, China’s manufacturing industry has been developing rapidly, which needs a strong and independent manufacturing industry from the perspective of national living standards, economic development and national security. The emergence of the new industrial revolution is not only a challenge, but also a rare opportunity. China has entered the late stage of industrialization and is in a critical period of economic restructuring and upgrading. The new industrial revolution has promoted a large number of new technologies, new industries and new models, laid a technological and economic foundation for China’s industrial development, defined the future direction of development, providing an important opportunity for China to scientifically formulate industrial development strategy, accelerate economic transformation and upgrading, and grasp the initiative of development. Now let’s learn about the application of RFID technology in manufacturing industry.
RFID tags on production line can be automatically controlled and monitored by using RFID technology, which greatly improves the production speed and accuracy, work efficiency, production methods and saves costs. RFID tags can record process information and process operation information conveniently and accurately to meet flexible production requirements. It can improve productivity, production mode and save cost,using RFID technology to realize automatic control and monitor on production line

I.Demand Analysis of RFID in Manufacturing Industry
Therer are a lot of materials almost every month in manufacturing lines, production results and expectations are often affected by errors in delivery, production lines are often caused by human errors. But if the RFID tag is attached to the product material or product, which can automatically record the production information such as the quantity, specification, quality, time and person in charge of the product, instead of the traditional manual record; the production supervisor reads the product information at any time through the reader; other relevant personnel can timely grasp the production situation and adjust the production arrangement according to the situation; the information of purchase, production and storage is consistent and can be monitored in real time; Before materials and products leave the warehouse, the system will automatically record the information of entering and leaving the warehouse, and can track the location of the goods in real time.
RFID technology is used to name an ID to each part in manusfacturing process, in other words, the name of the part is in the information network. The production status and inventory situation are mapped to the information network, registered in the field central database, and transmitted to the information system through RFID technology. The application of RFID technology in production line monitoring can realize automatic control and detection and save cost. The RFID tag can uniquely identify every product. The application program records the raw material and source, production line location, production process and inventory status of each product, which provides an effective basis for enterprises to better manage production and adjust inventory.

II.Application Characteristics of RFID in Manufacturing Industry
1.Real-time data sharing
In the production process of manufacturing enterprises, it is very important that we get timely and accurate feedback information from production line. In the past, we can only record the faults manually while we are producing. After the production is completed, we can collect the information from each process, which is time-consuming and laborious, and sometimes can not be very accurate. Install RFID reading equipment in each process of production line, and place repeatable RFID tags on products or pallets. In this way, when the product passes through these nodes, the RFID reading and writing device can read the information in the label of the product or tray, and feedback the information to the backstage management system in real time, so that the manager can know the working condition of the production line in time.

2. Control standardized production
The information provided by RFID can be used to ensure the correct use of machine equipment, tools and components, so as to achieve paperless information transmission and reduce the waiting time for shutdown. Furthermore, when raw materials, parts and components pass through the production line, we can be carried out to ensure the reliability and high quality of production as we get the timely and accurate feedback of real-time control, modification and even reorganization of the production process

3.Quality Tracking
In the production line of implementing the RFID system, the product quality is tested the whole process. At the end of production or before acceptance of the product, the quality of the product must be clearly expressed with all previously collected data of the work piece. These informations can be easily achieved by using RFID tags, because the quality data obtained during the whole production process has gone down the production line with the product.

4.Application Principle of RFID in Production Line
At present, the production management system based on bar code makes all kinds of quality analysis and control easy to realize, and the bar code technology has its advantages and obvious disadvantages, such as easy to be polluted, to be damaged, close scanning distance, etc. The batch reading efficiency is not high, and can not meet the needs of fast and efficient. Using RFID tags, bar codes and sensors to collect real-time data from the production line and transmit the read data to the upper devices (controllers or computers) via the network (wired or wireless). However, as to manage loose sensors, a new management mechanism is needed, which can automatically discover and organize the feedback from the network. The method adopted is to deploy the RFID reader and establish the reader network connection to solve the problems of reader network planning, optimization and control. The RFID tag on the item, together with the RFID reader connected to the network, each recognition means a tracking of the item.

What factors should be considered in the application of RFID technology in producing vehicle

RFID technology is being applied to more industries. The factors that need to be considered when applying RFID include distance, speed and data transmission rate. From thirty years ago, the RFID) system for industrial environment has undergone a long development process. Since then, every new development has been aimed at improving performance and expanding the possibilities of various applications. For each industry, there are some specific factors that need to be taken into account when choosing the most suitable RFID system for different applications.

Generally speaking, three main factors need to be considered in the application of RFID to achieve a balance point of RFID application. They are: the distance between the tag and the read-write head; the speed at which objects can pass in front of them; and the data transmission rate.

Although manufacturers of RFID systems provide some complex formulas, there are online configurations that users can use to mimic their applications and find the best settings.

Like many innovative concepts in the field of automation control, driven by the consumption of personalized vehicles, the automobile manufacturing industry has become one of the key industries in the development of RFID applications. Today, consumers can determine exactly what they buy in their cars. To a certain extent, this makes it necessary to make each vehicle with information of individual characteristics that each customer want differently, and provides transparency throughout every period of the manufacturing process.

For automobile manufacturing, which uses almost all the classical manufacturing processes, the challenge is unique. In addition to mechanical engineering, factors that may be encountered include transportation technology, processing technology, logistics, stamping and general metal processing technology. These technologies add more differences to the internal processes, so you will encounter more complex situations.

The application of RFID in automobile industry is a very important additional value as the RFID is able to withstand high temperature data carrier or tag. They are also more and more widely used in paint curing process, which can use data carriers, because they can pass through the heating furnace on the vehicle slides. These data carriers can operate at temperatures of 200 degrees and do not require cooling before reading and writing operations.

A good system will provide labels with EEPROM and FRAM memory, which can provide almost unlimited reads and writes. Many traditional RFID systems only have the ability to read and write tags statically, but better systems can read and write at a speed of 0.5 milliseconds per byte.


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Current and Potential Uses of RFID

Asset Tracking
It’s no surprise that asset tracking is one of the most common uses of RFID. Companies can put RFID tags on assets that are lost or stolen often, that are underutilized or that are just hard to locate at the time they are needed. Just about every type of RFID system is used for asset management. NYK Logistics, a third-party logistics provider based in Secaucus, N.J., needed to track containers at its Long Beach, Calif., distribution center. It chose a real-time locating system that uses active RFID beacons to locate container to within 10 feet.

RFID has been used in manufacturing plants for more than a decade. It’s used to track parts and work in process and to reduce defects, increase throughput and manage the production of different versions of the same product.

Supply Chain Management
RFID technology has been used in closed loop supply chains or to automate parts of the supply chain within a company’s control for years.

As standards emerge, companies are increasingly turning to RFID to track shipments among supply chain partners.

Retailers such as Best Buy, Metro, Target, Tesco and Wal-Mart are in the forefront of RFID adoption. These retailers are currently focused on improving supply chain efficiency and making sure product is on the shelf when customers want to buy it.

Payment Systems
RFID is all the rage in the supply chain world, but the technology is also catching on as a convenient payment mechanism. One of the most popular uses of RFID today is to pay for road tolls without stopping. These active systems have caught on in many countries, and quick service restaurants are experimenting with using the same active RFID tags to pay for meals at drive-through windows.

Security and Access Control
RFID has long been used as an electronic key to control who has access to office buildings or areas within office buildings. The first access control systems used low-frequency RFID tags. Recently, vendors have introduced 13.56 MHz systems that offer longer read range. The advantage of RFID is it is convenient (an employee can hold up a badge to unlock a door, rather than looking for a key or swiping a magnetic stripe card) and because there is no contact between the card and reader, there is less wear and tear, and therefore less maintenance.

Brief analysis of the future development trend of RFID

IOT is another new revolution of information industry after computer, Internet and mobile communication. RFID is one of important core of the perception layer of IOT, RFID application promotes the rapid development of the Internet of Things and to it self.
RFID is widely used in all aspects of social life. It can be applied in logistics, retail, manufacturing, garment industry, medical treatment, identity recognition, anti-counterfeiting, asset management, transportation, food, automobile, military, financial payment and other fields. At present, RFID has been widely used in financial payment, identity recognition, traffic management and logistics. It has also been gradually tried in retail, clothing and other fields. The downstream application space is huge.
Compared with barcode, RFID tags have technical and functional advantages because the RFID tags can store information and scan multiple tags simultaneously. But the high cost has been hampering the popularity of RFID technology. In recent years, with the progress of technology and the gradual expansion of application, the cost of RFID tags has been significantly come dow, which will contribute to the healthy development of the industry.
At present, RFID enterprises focus on the packaging of RFID tags, and the design and manufacture of RFID chips with the highest technology content and added value still need to be optimized. This core chip designs are still dominated by Alien, Impinj ,NXP .
In the era of Internet Intelligence, traditional industries will accelerate the pace of optimization, which will greatly promote the demand for RFID applications. Intelligent technology application has begun to enable all walks of life. Intelligent industry is accelerating. RFID will better play its characteristics. The industry chain of RFID has been constantly improved. With the continuous breakthrough of RFID technology in the future, more and more RFID applications will emerge to realize data collection automation.

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